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Sun, 15 May, 2016 12:06:29 AM
Anneli Auer to claim EUR 3m compensation
FTimes – STT Report, May 15
Anneli Auer was arriving Satakunta District Court on September 24, 2013. File Photo – Lehtikuva.
The amount of compensation paid to those proved innocent after being arrested, prosecuted and convicted initially increased significantly last year. 
More than 2.1 million euros were paid in compensation in 2015, compared to only 1.2 million euros in 2014, according to the last year’s Treasury accounts.
“Compensation rates have been over the years on the level of one million euros,” the Treasury head of legal affairs, Pekka Syrjänen told the news agency STT.
The increase in compensation, according to Syrjänen, is due to the prolongation of the duration of incarceration.
“Foreign drug offenders, for example, cannot be released during the investigation, because it is likely they will leave the country,” said Syrjänen. 
The compensation rates were raised on Friday night when Anneli Auer via her lawyer announced her intention to demand more than three million euros from the state in relation to the Ulvila murder case. 
Auer spent a few years in prison after being found guilty of murder of her husband, but the conviction was ultimately overturned.
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